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Grants for Recycling Coordination and Education Projects

Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling Program (MWR&R)

DEC is authorized to provide State assistance for Recycling Coordinator salaries and for public education programs conducted by municipalities. This funding helps expand local recycling programs and increase participation.

Recycling Education, promotion or outreach includes:

  • recycling guides, mailers, brochures, and webpages
  • advertising on TV, radio, newspaper, internet, billboards, etc.
  • recycling signs and displays
  • give-a-way items, children's shows, county fair displays, America Recycles Day items

Recycling Coordination involves the following activities:

  • planning, monitoring and modifying the local recycling program
  • developing public education and promotion tools,
  • implementing recycling outreach strategies
  • establishing, monitoring and improving recyclables marketing, tracking and reporting
  • fostering inter-governmental recycling coordination
  • developing enforcement strategies
  • managing finances of the municipal recycling program

Proposals for projects are accepted on an ongoing first-come-first-served basis.

Effective November 4, 2017, ALL applications must be submitted using the NYS Grants Gateway. (Note: This link leaves the DEC website).


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